Thursday, 30 May 2019

National Volunteers’ Week 2019! #VolunteersWeek

This week marks the beginning of National Volunteers’ Week 2019 - a week to say a massive thank you to volunteers who diligently give their time, skills and experience to worthy causes across the UK. Charlotte, our Volunteer Coordinator talks about how vital volunteers are at Missing People and what they’ll be doing during Volunteers’ Week to thank their volunteers for the contribution they make to helping those affected by missing.
  Giving up your time for a cause is a selfless act – it’s time you give to someone or something that you’ll never get back. Missing People was founded by two women who selflessly gave up their time to support those who were affected by missing. Without them and the thousands of other people who have volunteered their time over the last 26 years, this lifeline wouldn’t be here today to support 180,000 people who go missing in the UK each year.
Our volunteers are involved across the organisation in a variety of different ways from supporting people affected by missing via our 24/7 Helpline to scheduling publicity appeals of missing people to go out on a national level to those who are raising vital funds to help us continue being a lifeline. I’ve not even touched on the vital administration that goes on behind the scenes to ensure the charity runs smoothly or those who have campaigned for laws such as the Guardianship Act to be approved. The list of ways volunteers are involved goes on…

We will be holding a variety of activities during Volunteers’ Week including an afternoon tea service for volunteers in our office during the week, a free raffle for volunteers’ to enter (prizes kindly donated by local businesses),  and staff will be giving their thanks via our Appreciation Station. To round off the week, we are throwing a Volunteers’ Party which is an opportunity for staff and volunteers to come together to celebrate all that volunteers have contributed to the charity, with some canapes and Prosecco thrown in for good measure. We hope that these celebrations go some way in showing our appreciation for all the time our volunteers donate to us.

This doesn’t mean to say that thanking our volunteers only takes place in Volunteers’ Week. We  thank our volunteers on a daily basis whether that’s a verbal thank you, offering them a cup of tea and a cake or biscuit, from the never-ending supply we have in our office, to celebrate milestones and achievements such as a volunteering anniversary or a donation of hours.

People decide to volunteer for many different reasons so we’re always looking to ensure volunteers get as much out of their time with us as possible. We provide opportunities for them to learn and develop their skills and gain experience not only in their volunteer role but also across other departments. Volunteering can be a sociable opportunity too so we encourage volunteers to come to social events to meet or reunite with other volunteers.  

Our volunteers are a lifeline. We wouldn’t be where we are without all the time, experience and skills that they bring and we hope they continue to support us for many years to come.
Don’t just take it from me though; keep an eye out on The Missing Blog this week where volunteers from different departments across the organisation will chat about what it’s like to be a volunteer for Missing People.

If you’re thinking about volunteering and Missing People feels like a charity that you’d like to be involved in, you can find more information on our website here. You can also contact Charlotte if you have any questions or want to find out more.

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Someone is reported missing every 90 seconds in the UK. The Missing Blog aims to give a voice to all those affected by this issue.

Written by families and friends of missing people, supporters working to raise awareness of the cause, and volunteers and staff at the charity Missing People, we hope that this blog will offer a window into the issue of missing.

The charity Missing People is a lifeline when someone disappears. To find out more about Missing People and ways that you can support the charity visit

Call or text the charity Missing People for free on 116 000, 24/7 if you or anyone you know is affected by a disappearance.